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GARRIDO - 'HAPPY TO BE HERE'

17 August 2012

City new boy pleased to be back in England

NEW Norwich City signing Javier Garrido couldn’t hide his delight at agreeing a season-long loan deal at Carrow Road when he spoke to Canaries Player on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old Spanish left-back joins from former Serie A champions Lazio, where he spent two seasons after a 49-game spell in the Barclays Premier League with Manchester City between 2007 and 2010.

City also have an option to extend the deal beyond the end of the 2012-13 season, as Garrido became Manager Chris Hughton’s fifth summer signing ahead of the opening weekend fixture away at Fulham on Saturday.

Garrido told Canaries Player: “I am really happy. I think it’s a great opportunity for me to come back to the Premier League, one of the most important and interesting leagues in the world, so I’m really happy to be here. 

“When my agent told me I had the opportunity to come back to England, I didn’t have to think too much about it, it was an easy decision and I think it will be a great experience.

“I was here in the Premier League a few years ago, then I decided to move to Italy to try an new experience. 

“But when you don’t play as much as you can, you have to decide to keep going, and when Norwich asked me to come back to the Premier League, I wanted to, and it’s good to be here. 

“I think the Premier League is faster, and physically it’s more difficult, but my experience tells me it’s a fantastic league, and I am so, so happy to be here.”

The left-back joins on the eve on the new season, and Hughton’s first competitive game in charge of the Club.

Martin Jol’s Fulham are the opposition, and whether he is involved or not, the former Spain youth international can’t wait to show the Yellow Army what he can do on the pitch.

“I am a technical player,” said Garrido. “But when the ball is there I can make the tackle too. 

“I know what the fans like – and they also like players to be tough and aggressive. I will do my best for the shirt. 

“I met my team mates on Thursday, and hopefully on Friday morning I will begin training with everybody. 

“I can’t wait to start with the team, with the new Manager, the new city, and stadium. I am so pleased to be here and to be involved with Norwich City Football Club.

“I know about Norwich and how they came up from the lowers leagues, and in a few years they made it to the Premier League. 

“That’s because there is a great atmosphere, and the support in the stadium is great, and that is a fantastic atmosphere for a player to play in.”

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